Crufts 2017: All you need to know in numbers
It’s fair to say that to Crufts is to dog-lovers what the FA Cup final is to football fans and the Chelsea Flower Show is to horticultural buffs.
The NEC in Birmingham is set to host the 2017 renewal of the event, in what will be the 126th time the ‘Best in Show’ is handed the top prize.
With less than three weeks left until the big day, we present Crufts by numbers…
That is how long it has been since the first top award was given out, well, in dog years anyway. Over the course of past 126 (human) years countless canines have been crowned top dog since ‘The Sable Mite’ the Pomeranian was handed the ‘Top Champion’ mantle in 1891.
A record number of pooches are set to take to the Crufts stage in the West Midlands this year, a 2% increase on last year.
Over 20,000 dogs were entered to compete coming from all over the world. With 56 countries represented there is set to be an excellent mix of breeds on show.
555 Labrador Retrievers…
Of all the entries the most common breed was the Labrador Retriever. Over 3.5% of all dogs put forward to take their chance at Crufts 2017 represent the breed.
2 Hungarian Kuvasz…
Compare that then, to the Hungarian Kuvasz. Just two of the fluffy white working dogs were entered to take part and look to follow the example of compatriot Hungargunn Bear It’n Mind, the Hungarian Vizsla who took the top prize in 2010.
Just one mutt originating from the eastern European nation has taken the prize so there’s some way to go to catch the leading performer at the show. The English Cocker Spaniel has taken ‘Best in Show’ on seven different occasions, although it has been winless since 1996.
It’s been even longer since a breed defended the title, during the English Cocker Spaniel domination of the mid-Twentieth century. ‘Tracey Witch of Ware’ won back-to-back accolades in 1948 and 1950 (there was no event in 1949), showing the scale of the task facing the West Highland Terriers looking to follow up ‘Burneze Geordie Girl’s’ success 12 months ago.
Last year’s victor made it two on the bounce for the Terrier group. However, not since 1961-63 has a group racked up a hat-trick. It was the Terriers that did it then; could a Lakeland Terrier do the same four decades later and round off a treble?
The action is set to kick off in Birmingham on March 9th. Make sure you tune in to enjoy some of the finest pedigree dogs in the world showing what they are made of.
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